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Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdoğan meet in Iran: US challenged, Europe ignored

Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdoğan meet in Iran: US challenged, Europe ignored

This Tuesday, July 19, Vladimir Putin was on an official visit to Iran, along with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Erdoğan, on the occasion of the Astana summit. For the master of the Kremlin, it was his third meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a year and the fifth time he was invited by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

A few days ago, President Joe Biden was also on a tour of the Near and Middle East; but with more than mixed success. Indeed, it is no secret that the White House, from Barack Obama to Joe Biden via Donald Trump, is disengaging from this region of the world, busy as it is in its showdown with the China for mastery of the Pacific Ocean. The proof is that she recently left a free hand to the Moscow-Ankara-Tehran trio to manage the war against the Islamic State.

One of the first Heads of State to take note of this new situation was none other than the former Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who quickly did everything possible to tighten ties with Russia and Turkey, history of counterbalance the programmed estrangement of its powerful American sponsor. At the same time, Saudi Arabia was renewing normal, if not entirely cordial, ties with its Persian and Shiite rival Iran.

Result: all the nations concerned there, the Jewish state included, refuse to see themselves enlisted in the current anti-Russian crusade led by the USA ready to fight against Moscow down to the last Ukrainian.

This is an opportunity for Vladimir Putin to demonstrate that he is not alone in the face of an “international community” reduced to Washington and its vassals. And also that, for Recep Erdoğan, of demonstrating that he still has a vocation to be, with his place in NATO, a maker of war or peace. Without forgetting Ali Khamenei who opportunely recalls that, without Iran, nothing lasting can be done in this part of the world.

It is therefore by this yardstick that we must interpret the speech of the Supreme Guide, relayed by the Tehran Timesthe Iranian English-language daily: “The West denies the very existence of a powerful and independent Russia. » And this log notes: “Cooperation between Tehran, Moscow and Ankara can help establish lasting peace in the region, unlike Joe Biden’s proposals, which do not seem to have convinced many people. » Dimitri Peskov, spokesman for the Kremlin, seems to be on the same wavelength, always according to the Tehran Times : “Cooperation with Iran is not temporary. It is a long-term geopolitical alliance, based on solid historical foundations. »

It is true that for the defense of its territory, Tehran owes a lot to Moscow. Without its SS-300 missiles, Iranian territory would never have been protected against any form of aerial aggression.

For his part, Recep Erdoğan, despite much more stormy historical relations with Russia, has always been able to keep reason. Better: this Ottoman sultan who would see himself as the leader of Sunni Islam knows better than anyone that he will have to come to terms with that of Shiite Islam, even if it means forming a common front against Saudi Arabia, also Sunni, and guardian Muslim holy places.

In this diplomatic chessboard, we will just notice the absence of Europe in general and of France in particular. But it is true that here, there is clearly better to do, between the fight against homophobia, violence against women and climate change. We have the fights we can. In the meantime, History continues to be written; obviously without us.

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